High school seniors missing out on important rites of passage

“Honestly, this whole thing feels to me like a bad breakup. The first few days, you wake up and at first, you forget everything that has happened. Then you remember and it’s this overwhelming feeling of, ‘I can’t believe this is happening right now.’ And then you get used to it. We’re at the part where everything feels normal. You figure out how to go about your day. It’s unfortunate that this happened. But I’d rather have a canceled prom than an entire school of sick families,” Caroline Burrows said.

“We’re at age when you understand why something is happening, but you still have that kid side, like ‘Why is this happening to me?’ But I’m coming to terms with it. My friends and I, we’ve been saying, 20 years later, we’ll be the ones in the history books,” she said.

She also said that she thinks the crisis is going to affect her generation for the better, not for worse.

“I don’t think this will lead to a generation of germaphobes, but to a generation that knows how to react to a crisis,” she said. “The biggest thing we’ve learned is that in the future, we’ll need a plan of action. We can reflect on what happened and not let it happen again.”

Read the full story on the Richmond Times-Dispatch.